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Making Drinking Glasses From Glass Bottles

I heard or read somewhere that you can make your own drinking glasses out of glass water bottles, wine bottles, or beer bottles. Has anyone tried this? I was always afraid to do it as it sounds a little dangerous. As in, maybe safety goggles aren't enough. They said all you have to do is file a little groove around the circumference of the bottle at the height you wish the glass to be and then wrap that groove with a string that's been soaked in kerosene.

So, if you've tried this:

1. What do you use to initially file the glass?

2. How do you minimize the danger of flying glass, etc.?

3. If there are sharp edges afterwards what would you use to file down the rim?

4. Would a glass cutter work instead?

Planet Papier Mache from Wash DC


Making Drinking Glasses From Glass Bottles

This was a popular shop class project when I was in high school back in the 1970s. You cut off the neck of the bottle, glue it to the bottom and it becomes the stem of the glass. You do have to use a special glass cutter, which I believe you can get at a crafts store. They are novel, but the big problem with this type of glassware is that the sides of the glasses are so thick so that when you drink out of them, they dribble. I say don't waste your time. If you are looking for fun, frugal glassware, try the mason jars that ready-made spaghetti sauces (like Classico) come in. They work great, are good quality, hold a lot, and are fun to drink from! (11/14/2005)


By Mary

Making Drinking Glasses From Glass Bottles

To make edges of glass smooth to drink from, use sand paper and oil, it works great. (05/04/2007)

By jack sparrow

how to make the edge smooth on cut glass

First of all you cut the beer bottle or wine bottle, then you go to any auto parts store an get some valve grinding compound. Put the valve grinding compound on a sponge and wet it. Then you lay the sponge down and turn the glass up side down on the sponge and start twisting. The edges will come out smooth and rounded. And that's how to make drinking glasses from glass bottles. (12/10/2007)

By mike

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